Pennsylvania Fundraising Licensing

Charitable Solication Registration, Charitable Gaming, Charitable Gift Annuities, Commercial Co-Venturer Registration, & Professional Fundraisers
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This page provides an overview of fundraising licensing in Pennsylvania for charities, for-profits, and individuals. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Pennsylvania Charitable Gaming Licenses

About this License

Not required



Bingo licenses and small games of chance licenses are issued at the county level in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

About this License

Not required



No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Pennsylvania certain charities from insurance regulation related to charitable gift annuities if they meet the description offered in section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, have been in continuous existence for at least 3 years, and have unrestricted assets of at least $100,000 plus half of the principal value of issued annuities. The charity must also be an educational institution, hospital, senior citizen center, religious institution, or charitable organization registered with the department of state.

Pennsylvania Charitable Organization Registration

About this License

Agency:Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Charitable Organizations
Law:

10 Pennsylvania Statutes, Chapter 4B, § 162.1 - 162.7

Legal Notes:

10 Pennsylvania Statutes, Chapter 4B, § 162.1 - 162.7

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charitable organizations which receive gross national contributions of $25,000 or less annually and do not use a professional solicitor
  • Organizations of law enforcement personnel, firefighters, or other persons who protect the public safety
  • Religious institutions
  • Educational institutions
  • PTAs
  • Hospitals and hospital foundations
  • Veterans' organizations chartered under federal law, volunteer firemen, ambulance associations, rescue squad associations, and their auxiliaries or affiliates
  • Public, nonprofit library organizations
  • Senior citizen centers and nursing homes
  • Any corporation established by an act of Congress of the United States
Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

If your organization is based in Pennsylvania, it may still be required to file an Institutions of Purely Public Charity Statement.

Initial Registration

Form:

Form BCO-10: Charitable Organization Registration Statement

Instructions:

Instructions for Registering

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$15-250, depending on gross contributions

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Read the exemptions chart carefully and check to see if you still need to file the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Statement.
  • Note the list of attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application.
  • Some Pennsylvania counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form BCO-10: Charitable Organization Registration Statement

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$15-250, depending on gross contributions

Due:

Due annually 10.5 months after the end of the fiscal year every year.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • The renewal due date is indicated on the certificate of registration you receive after your initial filing. It is based on your fiscal year end.
  • You must attach an annual financial report.
  • Even if you are exempt, you still may need to file annually under Pennsylvania’s Purely Public Charity Act.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form:

Form BCO-10: Charitable Organization Registration Statement

Agency fee:

Varies

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed during the standard renewal process.

Pennsylvania Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

About this License

Not required



Pennsylvania does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for commercial co-venturers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration is not required for commercial co-venturers in Pennsylvania, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Pennsylvania Fundraising Counsel Registration

About this License

Agency:Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Initial Registration

Form:

Form BCO-150: Registration Statement for Professional Fundraising Counsel

Agency fee:

$250

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Form BCO-150: Registration Statement for Professional Fundraising Counsel (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$250

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Pennsylvania Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

About this License

Not required



Solicitors who are not employed by a professional fundraising firm but operate independently may be required to register. Employees of professional fundraising firms are generally not required to register as an individual solicitor in Pennsylvania.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration is not required for individual solicitors in Pennsylvania, but other requirements may apply.

Registration Renewal

Not required



Pennsylvania Professional Fundraiser Registration

About this License

Agency:Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations
Bond Requirements:

$25,000

Financial Report Requirements:

Due within 90 days after a campaign has ended and on the anniversary of commencement for campaigns lasting more than a year.

Contract Filing Requirements:

File a solicitation notice at least 10 days prior to the start of each solicitation campaign.

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.dos.pa.gov/BusinessCharities/Charities/RegistrationForms/Pages/default.aspx#.VIB25iROmUk k

Agency fee:

$250

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

http://www.dos.pa.gov/BusinessCharities/Charities/RegistrationForms/Pages/default.aspx#.VIB25iROmUk k

Agency fee:

$250

Due:

Annually

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

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